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Williams Features Art by Thai Children

4/10/2012

Thai orphans painting during the recent visit by Mission Thailand 2012. Shown working with the children (in the pink shirt) is Anna Wilcoxson of Walnut Ridge.

Artwork created by orphans in Thailand was featured at Williams Baptist College  April 12 & 13. Over 40 works were displayed, and sale of the art helped support the orphanage where the children live.

The art show was entitled Connie’s Kids’ Creations, and it will consist of works created by children at Connie’s House, an orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Connie's House is a non-profit foster home operated by missionaries Richard and Connie Cummins.

The orphanage was the focus of Mission Thailand 2012, a group of 29 people from Walnut Ridge First Baptist Church and Williams Baptist College who spent a week working in the Asian country last month.

Leigha Woody, a WBC junior from Manila, Ark., came up with the idea for the art show before traveling to Thailand. As an art education major at Williams, Woody was able to apply skills she learned in the classroom in working with the Thai children. 

"I try every day to use the talent God has given me to reach others in any way I can. This idea just kind of came to me one day when thinking about a way I could incorporate art on our mission trip and give to the Cummins family as well," Woody said.

The children’s artwork is painted on small canvases, and Woody brought them back with her from Thailand.

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